College of Medicine: The Rounds Newsletter

Dean’s Message – Summer 2023

College of Medicine Dean Andrew Filak, Jr., MD

College of Medicine Dean Andrew Filak, Jr., MD

Dear College of Medicine Alumni,

While most UC students won’t be on campus for a few weeks yet, Orientation Week for the College of Medicine’s Class of 2027 began July 24, and it’s another stellar class.

The Class of 2027 is comprised of 180 students, with 171 in the medical program and nine in our Medical Scientist Training Program. It was an arduous task for our Admissions Office, led by Donald Batisky, MD, associate dean for medical student admissions and special programs, to pare down the 4,459 applicants to our final class. Our incoming class once again is majority women (54%) with 56% of the students coming from Ohio and 15% who are racially and ethnically diverse. Coming from 68 different undergraduate colleges and universities, the students bring an average MCAT score of 515 and a grade point average of 3.79.

A personal highlight for me was the White Coat Ceremony that took place on Friday, July 28 at Fifth Third Arena. It is always heartwarming to welcome our new students to the medical profession and watch them don their first white coats on stage while their family and friends proudly watch.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many alumni who sponsored a white coat this year. I applaud your thoughtfulness and support of our medical students. It is evident how much they appreciate the gift of their coats, especially knowing that many come from alumni. You are always welcome to join us for the White Coat Ceremony or watch a recording of the event that is posted online.

Thank you very much for your continued interest in your College of Medicine.


Andrew T. Filak Jr., MD
Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and
Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean
College of Medicine

Headshot of Briana Coggins, A&S '10, '20

Briana Coggins, A&S '10, '20

Director of Alumni & Donor Experience, College of Medicine